50 years ago today: Pope Paul VI celebrates first Mass in the vernacular

Pope Francis will be commemorating that historic event at the place where it happened. And Rome Reports offers some context. See below. Photo from Vatican Radio [Read more...]

Who proclaims the Gospel at Mass?

This popped up today over at OSV’s The Catholic Answer: Q. If a deacon is assisting at Mass, should he be the one to read the Gospel, or is it merely a preference of the celebrant? A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) observes: “The sacred Order of [Read More...]

Helping the deacon learn the Exsultet

Music director Richard J. Clark has some wise advice on climbing this Everest of chants, and he concludes: Most every line is a gem. But while trying to concentrate on the notes, make sure you allow the boundless blessings of this text to supersede all that you communicate to the faithful. Here’s how: • Patience. Revel [Read More...]

Pope Francis talks to Rome’s priests about liturgy, preaching

From CNS:  The liturgy should help the faithful enter into God’s mystery and to experience the wonder of encountering Christ, Pope Francis told priests of the diocese of Rome. People should feel the wonder and allure “that the apostles felt when they were called, invited. It attracts — wonder attracts — and it lets you [Read More...]

Signs of faith: Mass with Pittsburgh’s Catholic deaf community

From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a rare glimpse at an unusual way of worship: The 11:30 Sunday Mass at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church begins with the usual greetings and an unusual request — that parishioners remain seated during the hymns and other parts of the liturgy where they normally would stand. That’s so [Read More...]

Bishop of Albany to celebrate Mass in Extraordinary Form next month

From the Facebook page of The Extraordinary Form in the Albany Diocese comes this posting: [Read more...]

Girls interrupted: how one parish changed its altar server policy

From CNA:  Holy Name Parish in Denver changed its altar serving policy about six months ago. Now, altar serving is reserved for boys.But Holy Name’s pastor, Father Daniel Cardo, has established a new sacristan program for girls in the parish. The “Sacristans of Little Therese of Lisieux” have a schedule and responsibility, similar to the [Read More...]

The pastor wants someone else to chant the Exsultet. What can a deacon do?

I’m sure this situation is more common than we think. On an online forum for deacons, one member wrote: Our music coordinator at my parish assignment told me that the choir will sing the Exsultet and that I would not need to be concerned with it this year. They where going to try it with [Read More...]

Pope to commemorate 50th anniversary of Paul VI saying first Mass in the vernacular

From Pray Tell:  It was announced in the most recent edition of L’Osservatore Romano that Pope Francis will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first celebration of the liturgy in the vernacular by Paul VI. On March 7 at 6:00 PM, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the church of All Saints on the via [Read More...]

This is…different: one Seattle parish on Super Bowl Sunday—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

Source. Parish: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marysville, WA.   Out of bounds? Yeah. I’d say so. A little liturgical background, from Zenit and EWTN: Some general norms of the Church regarding decorating the sanctuary are contained in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, in Nos. 304 and following, which address some aspects directly regarding [Read More...]